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David Harrison

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David Harrison covers immigration, labor, retirement security and other social policy beats. Before joining CQ Roll Call in April 2011, he worked at Stateline and at the Roanoke Times in Virginia, where he contributed to the newspaper's coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. He is a graduate of Carleton College and George Washington University, where he earned a master's degree in public policy.

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Stories by David Harrison:

One Question on Pay, but Many Answers

Dec. 11, 2012

Do federal workers make more than comparable private sector workers? It’s a simple question, but there’s no easy answer.

Uphill Battle to Extend Jobless Benefits

Nov. 29, 2012

About 20 years ago, during an earlier recession, Rep. Sander M. Levin, D-Mich., traveled to an unemployment office in the town of Madison Heights in his district, accompanied by a reporter.

The Patchwork In Place to Help the Unemployed

Nov. 29, 2012

Unemployment insurance is a shared federal-state responsibility that, in normal times, offers 26 weeks of benefits to laid-off workers pegged at roughly half the workers’ former salary. States also have a permanent extended benefits program, funded jointly with the federal government, that offers 13 to 20 additional weeks of benefits during economic slumps.

GOP Senators Offer a 'Starting Point' For Immigration Debate Ahead

Nov. 27, 2012

Senate Republicans took a first step Tuesday toward a compromise on immigration by proposing to allow young illegal immigrants brought to this country as children to remain permanently.

GOP Willing to Deal on Immigration

Nov. 14, 2012

Republican senators are inching toward working on a broad immigration overhaul with their Democratic colleagues, a sign that the window of opportunity to address the issue could again be cracking open, at least in the Senate.

Vote Will Test GOP's Post-Election Immigration Strategy

Nov. 12, 2012

House leaders plan to bring up a high-tech visa bill during the lame-duck session, teeing it up as the first test of the GOP’s post-election immigration strategy. An aide to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the bill would come up “before the holidays.”

Last-Ditch Talks Resume on High-Tech Visa Legislation

Nov. 3, 2012

House and Senate negotiators hope that legislation granting additional permanent visas to highly skilled immigrants could be revived before the end of the year. But the presidential election makes finding a compromise more difficult.

As Incoming Judiciary Chairman, Goodlatte Will Face Immigration, Criminal Law, Civil Rights

Nov. 2, 2012

Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte is a mild-mannered Republican known for his expertise in agriculture and Internet policy. But when he takes over the Judiciary Committee as expected next year, the promotion will put him at the center of bruising debates over immigration, criminal law and civil rights.

Proponents Plan Another Push for Pay Equity in Wake of New Study

Oct. 24, 2012

Congressional proponents are renewing their call for pay equity for women in light of a new study on the issue that has flared in the presidential campaign.

Immigration Overhaul Could Be ‘Done Next Year’ if Re-Elected, Obama Says

Oct. 24, 2012

President Obama is promising to push for a major immigration overhaul in Congress in 2013 should he win re-election.

Republicans Seek Overdue Pension Reports from Obama Administration

Oct. 22, 2012

House and Senate Republicans are putting pressure on the Obama administration to release reports on the viability of multi-employer pension plans, retirement funds that are popular with unions and other groups of small employers.

GOP Keeps Up Pressure on Obama’s ‘Deferred Action’ Immigration Policy

Oct. 2, 2012

Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas are raising more questions about the Obama administration’s new policy allowing some young undocumented immigrants to stay in the country.

The Comity Before the Storm

Sept. 13, 2012

Before they launched into yet-another bitterly partisan markup, the House Ways and Means Committee enjoyed a moment of levity this morning, bantering on marriages and chapeaus.

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